Uber makes smart AI move

Uber has launched its own Artificial Intelligence (AI) division to drive its push towards autonomous vehicles.

Based in New York and staffed by 15 researchers, Uber hopes the division will develop AI solutions to provide optimal routes and predict when and where services will be most needed.

Uber chief product officer Jeff Holden said, ‘With all of its complexity and uncertainty, negotiating the real world is a high-order intelligence problem. It extends to teaching a self-driven machine to safely and autonomously navigate the world, whether a car on the roads or an aircraft through busy airspace or new types of robotic devices.

‘In spite of notable wins with machine learning in recent years, we are still very much in the early innings of machine intelligence. The formation of Uber AI Labs represents Uber’s commitment to advancing the state of the art, driven by our vision that moving people and things in the physical world can be radically faster, safer and accessible to all.’